Bayer may rebrand Monsanto to “get beyond the reputation thing”

•September 24, 2016 • 1 Comment

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(Original Caption) This advertisement from a 1900 magazine juxtaposes two pharmaceuticals which have since achieved distinct images in the public mind: Heroin and aspirin. Bayer introduced heroin in 1898 as a cough suppressant that did not have the harmful effects of other opiates. Heroin is an acetylated product of morphine, just as aspirin is an acetylated product of salicyclic acid. Aspirin was produced in the same Bayer laboratories and released to the public a year later.

This advertisement from a 1900 magazine juxtaposes two pharmaceuticals which have since achieved distinct images in the public mind: Heroin and aspirin. Bayer introduced heroin in 1898 as a cough suppressant that did not have the harmful effects of other opiates. Heroin is an acetylated product of morphine, just as aspirin is an acetylated product of salicyclic acid. Aspirin was produced in the same Bayer laboratories and released to the public a year later.

https://www.rt.com/business/360020-bayer-monsanto-brand-name/

German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, which last week agreed to acquire GMO maker Monsanto, may get rid of the US company’s brand name to improve the firm’s reputation.

Bloomberg article titled, ‘Heroin, Nazis, and Agent Orange: Inside the $66 Billion Merger of the Year,’ didn’t help.

People familiar with internal discussions at Bayer said the aspirin inventor is considering the name change to avoid sullying its reputation. They also said no decision has been made yet, and Bayer’s managers could have some time to think it over.

Following the purchase agreement, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said there’s an opportunity for the companies to jointly “get beyond this image and reputation thing” by building on the trust Bayer enjoys in Europe. In May the drug maker was named the world’s most reputable pharmaceutical brand by the Reputation Institute.

The $66 billion acquisition deal, which is now being closely scrutinized by antitrust regulators, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. If the deal goes through it will make Bayer the world’s biggest seed and pesticide producer.

Bayer and Monsanto claim the combined companies will have better opportunities to research new products in order to help farmers produce more food. Opponents of the deal argue that will drive up prices for farmers and increase the spread of genetically modified seeds.

Monsanto which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of genetically modified seeds has long been criticized in Europe, with many consumers skeptical of GMO-derived produce.

According to Marc Tuengler, chief of DSW, a German association that advises small investors on proxy votes, the Monsanto deal gives Bayer the opportunity to redeem a tarnished brand and highlight the benefits of the company’s products.

“With the right signals, the right decisions, Bayer can show what will be changed,” Tuengler said. “Monsanto has a better chance of improving its reputation under Bayer’s roof.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-14/the-heroin-laced-history-behind-the-year-s-biggest-deal

Two giants of the farming and chemical industries agreed to merge Wednesday in a $66 billion deal: the U.S.’s Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer, the original maker of aspirin. It’s the year’s biggest deal and will create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, with $26 billion in combined annual revenue from agriculture. If the merger goes through, it will combine two companies with a long and storied history that shaped what we eat, the drugs we take and how we grow our food.

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“German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, which last week agreed to acquire GMO maker Monsanto, may get rid of the US company’s brand name to improve the firm’s reputation.”

good luck with that..you can put lipstick on a pig..you know the rest..

“It’s the year’s biggest deal and will create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, with $26 billion in combined annual revenue from agriculture.”

bayer is a global giant who grew massively before and during the nazi era..and they used to sell heroin!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayer

In 1925, Bayer became part of IG Farben, the world’s largest chemical company. Following the Nazi takeover of Germany, IG Farben was embroiled in the Nazi regime’s policies as a large government contractor. After World War II, Bayer was reestablished as an independent company, and quickly regained its position as one of the world’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical corporations.

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China merger to create world’s second largest steel firm

•September 24, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37415771

Two of China’s largest steel companies have announced plans for a merger, creating the world’s second largest steelmaker, as the industry struggles with global overproduction.

Under the deal, Baosteel is to take over its smaller competitor Wuhan Iron and Steel.

Both companies are majority-owned by the state.

The announcement comes as Beijing tries to overhaul the steel industry, one of the country’s bloated state sectors.

The merger will create a new company, China Baowu Iron and Steel Group. Based on data from 2015, the two firms together have an annual production of about 60 million tonnes a year, which would make it the country’s largest steelmaker.

Globally, it would be second only to Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal.

Baosteel’s net profit tumbled 83% to 1bn yuan ($150m) last year, while Wuhan lost 7.5bn yuan, a sharp drop from its 1.3bn yuan net profit in 2014.

Steel demand in China, as well as worldwide, has slumped in the past year as the country’s economic growth has slowed.

The resulting overproduction has seen steelmakers around the world suffer huge losses. China has been accused of price dumping – selling its steel cheaply overseas in order to clear its stocks.

In April, China promised to reduce its steel output, following a crisis meeting attended by 30 nations.

Over the past 25 years, Chinese steel production has expanded hugely with output growing more than twelve-fold.

China produced more than 822 million tonnes of steel in 2014 and is expected to produce even more this year. However, projected demand for its steel in 2016 is only 672 million tonnes.

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“Both companies are majority-owned by the state.”

its like merging two government departments to save costs..

“In April, China promised to reduce its steel output, following a crisis meeting attended by 30 nations.”

stop flooding the world with cheap shit!

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NASA has called a press conference on Monday when the space agency will announce a breakthrough on the planet Europa

•September 24, 2016 • 7 Comments

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/712852/LIFE-on-Europa-NASA-alien-jupiter

The US group sent out a cryptic message, stating that there is “surprising activity” on Europa – the most well known of Jupiter’s 67 moons.

NASA has been analysing data from its Hubble Space Telescope which is currently prowling the universe.

The space experts said in a statement announcing the event on Monday, to be broadcast live at 7PM UK time: “Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.”

Most scientists agree that where there is water, it massively increases the chances of finding life.

Europa has long been touted as a possible host of life elsewhere in the Solar System, and even boffins working on the Juno Probe, which is currently in orbit around Jupiter, believe that it could be a likely habitable zone for some lifeforms.

When asked why Juno has to be intentionally destroyed at the end of the mission, Juno project scientist Steve Levin said that they don’t want to contaminate any potential life in that are.

He added: “We think Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a subsurface ocean of liquid water; and because everywhere on Earth that we’ve found water, we’ve also found life, this is a good place for us to search.”

However, many are not convinced and believe the announcement will relate solely to the discovery of water on Europa.

NASA called a similar emergency press conference when they announced the discovery of flowing water on Mars.

It was only last year that Alfred McEwen, professor of planetary geology at the University of Arizona, and his team found evidence of water on Mars, and even found that water was still flowing on the surface.

Since then, efforts to find life on the Red Planet have been upped.

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excited?

we found something that maybe something which means there maybe life somehow out of this something and we are not alone ok? dig?

“Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.”

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Ash Carter: No-fly zone would require war with Syria and Russia..ahh yeah it would!

•September 24, 2016 • 4 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/usa/360317-carter-dunford-syria-russia-senate/

Speaking to the US Senate, the Pentagon’s leaders blamed Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack, but admitted they “had no facts.” Only US coalition planes should be allowed over Syria, they said, though that would require war against both Syria and Russia.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday to report on the ongoing military operations and “national security challenges” faced by the US. They also asked the senators for more reliable funding, saying the uncertainty was hurting the defense industry.

“Not only our people – our defense industry partners, too, need stability and longer-term plans to be as efficient and cutting-edge as we need them to be,” Carter told the senators.

The lawmakers were far less interested in the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) than about the future of the Syrian government, Iran’s “malign influence,” and “aggression” by China and Russia – all ranked far ahead of terrorism on Carter and Dunford’s list of security challenges.

The Pentagon had “no intention” of sharing intelligence with Russia when it came to Syria, Dunford told the lawmakers unequivocally. Secretary Carter explained that the joint implementation councils envisioned by the ceasefire proposal negotiated in Geneva wouldn’t share intelligence, just coordinate efforts – but that they were a moot point anyway, since the ceasefire was effectively dead.

Both the lawmakers and the Pentagon chiefs blamed that development on Russia, focusing on the alleged airstrike against the humanitarian convoy in east Aleppo while the US-led airstrike against the Syrian Army fighting IS in Deir ez-Zor went unmentioned.

“I don’t have the facts,” Dunford said, when asked about the convoy attack by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). “It was either the Russians or the regime,” he added.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Russians are responsible,” whether directly or because they backed the government in Damascus, Dunford said, describing the attack as “an unacceptable atrocity.”

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utter maniacs..

“Only US coalition planes should be allowed over Syria, they said, though that would require war against both Syria and Russia.”

the hypocrisy here is overwhelming..

and then they discuss the attack on the aid convoy:

I don’t have the facts,” Dunford said, when asked about the convoy attack by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). “It was either the Russians or the regime,” he added.”

you dont have facts but it was russia or syria..wtf is that doublespeak?

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CFR: China and Pakistan enabling North Korea’s nuclear program

•September 24, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://indianexpress.com/article/world-news/china-pakistan-enabling-north-koreas-nuclear-program-may-face-sanctions-experts-3032639/

China and Pakistan are “passive enablers” of the North Korean nuclear program and may face some secondary sanctions for violating UN approved sanction, say U.S.-based experts, with China being a bigger issue.

“The right way to describe China’s role is that they actually have been a passive enabler by providing generalized support to the North Korean regime,” says Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations. Chinese support has led Kim Jong-Un to believe that China will vote for stability and not go so far as to threaten his regime security, he adds.

North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test last Friday, its second in less than a year. Experts have concluded that the underground explosion was stronger than the previous four triggering a magnitude 5.3 seismic event. The test was condemned by the international community and has led to increased tensions in the region with both China and US trading blame for not working to restrict North Korea’s nuclear program.

Siegfried Hecker, former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory concluded that North Korea may have “a stockpile of sufficient fissile material for approximately 20 bombs by the end of this year and a capacity of adding approximately 7 per year.”

China has long been accused of not putting sufficient pressure on North Korea and not implementing UN sanctions by allowing movement of goods and money across its border, a claim it has denied. Experts believe that China wants North Korea as a buffer between its border and US and its allies.

“Why use the word accused, the evidence is pretty clear. China has agreed to do a lot of things that it hasn’t. A US news channel was filming cargo going back and forth on the North Korea-China border without any inspection. It is pretty clear that North Korean related organizations are operating in China,” says William Newcomb, Visiting Scholar at the United States Korea Institute in Washington DC and former UNSC panel member who helped impose sanctions on North Korea.

He believes that the Chinese are making a strategic blunder by confusing status quo with stability especially as North Korea is “90% a failed state” and the Chinese leadership is in effect implying that the “Chinese military will not be able to protect Chinese borders if North Korea collapses.”

North Korea’s nuclear program is also known to have ties with Pakistan, which supplied it with schematics for nuclear weapons while the former is thought to have provided help on the Pakistan’s missile program. Egypt and Iran have also coordinated with North Korea in the past. The blatant violation of UN sanctions by some countries has raised the question of consequences for their actions.

Newcomb believes that violators should not be allowed to get away and that the UNSC should find ways to make violators to pay a price for their actions.

United States law requires the imposition of secondary sanction on entities that trade with North Korea. Here again, analysts believe that China can be a bigger target than Pakistan and Iran.

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china and pakistan eh?

“The right way to describe China’s role is that they actually have been a passive enabler by providing generalized support to the North Korean regime,” says Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations.”

cfr..rumbling for a war with china for decades..

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Duterte to the EU: “Fuck you!”

•September 23, 2016 • 1 Comment
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises a middle finger thrust out in an obscene gesture as he speaks before local government officials in Davao city, in southern Philippines, September 20, 2016. Picture taken September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval JrTEMPLATE OUT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises a middle finger thrust out in an obscene gesture as he speaks before local government officials in Davao city, in southern Philippines, September 20, 2016.

http://breaking911.com/duterte-shows-middle-finger-european-union-says-fk/

The new leader of the Philippines is in a league of his own when it comes to presidential profanity. Rodrigo Duterte’s favorite phrase, which translates roughly to “son of a whore,” has been deployed against the likes of President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. On Tuesday, during a speech to local business executives in his hometown of Davao City, he took aim at the European Union with irreverent gusto.

The EU’s parliament recently told Duterte to “put an end” to the killings of drug suspects, which human rights groups say has claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people.

“I have read the condemnation of the European Union. I’m telling them, ‘F— you,’ ” Duterte said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“I repeat it, ‘F— you!’ ” said Duterte as he assumed a deadpan look, raised his right hand and unfurled his middle finger. The audience applauded.

Duterte campaigned on promises of eradicating the country’s drug problem by any means possible – including a vow to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office.

When he was mayor of Davao City, he used similarly extrajudicial approaches. Last week, in a hearing before the Philippines Senate, a man who claimed to be a former hit man for Duterte said he’d been paid to carry out summary executions that involved feeding a body to a crocodile, chopping up corpses and dumping slashed bodies into the sea.

Human Rights Watch called Duterte the “Death Squad Mayor” at the time.

EU politicians said in a resolution that Duterte has “publicly stated he would not pursue law enforcement officers and citizens who killed drug dealers who resisted arrest,” and that he should investigate abuses of power “in full compliance with national and international obligations and respect for human rights.”

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go hard rodrigo!

wouldnt we all love to say that to the EU?😉

this guy is going to have unfortunate accident or see his country under attack from black flag wavers..

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Former Kissinger CEO says the world is run by 30 families

•September 23, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://bit.ly/2cYeBco

A former CEO for Henry Kissinger has said that he believes just 30 families run the world, and that these families are the driving force behind the New World Order. David Rothkopf, author of ‘Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making,’ and former CEO of Kissinger Associates, says that 30 families and their 6,000 minions control the entire human race of six billion people.

His findings mirror a study conducted by the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich which found that a mere 147 corporations (out of 40,000 studied) had real power and influence in the world economy. All of these 147 companies had interlocking Boards of Directors.

Currently, this One World Corporatocracy uses the United States and the European Union to consolidate and wield power over the entire globe. But there are vulnerabilities in the world of Wall Street Globalism. The EU appears to be disintegrating. The ECB (European Central Bank) under the ex-Goldman Sachs VP Mario Draghi seems to be as suicidal as His Japanese counterpart. And America is stretched thin by its constant warfare. Russia Today said the US had military operations in 134 countries in 2014. Wikileaks, Snowden and others have revealed way more truth than the public can digest. The US has been funding Al Qaeda and ISIS. And now Putin has shown his superiority by being able to actually find ISIS and bomb them into oblivion.

The only economic and military advantage America had is about to disappear. Dr Michael Hudson wrote Super Imperialism in 1972. That was the year after Nixon closed the Gold Window on August 15, 1971 and the year before Henry Kissinger’s invention of the Petrodollar in 1973 after the Arab-Israeli war. Hudson went to the Pentagon and the State Department in 1972 to explain that the US was making nations overseas pay for their occupation by American troops by accepting worthless Federal Reserve Notes in exchange for real goods and services.

When an American general finally understood what Dr Hudson was saying about foreigners paying for their own occupation, he exclaimed, “We’re ripping people off.”

The days when The Federal Reserve could print stacks of dollars to the moon and the Saudis could fund the US budget deficit with their oil revenues are rapidly coming to an end. Very soon American politicians will have to recognize that we can no longer afford all of those wars and forget about over 700 military bases overseas.

The American consumer will have to deal with the doubling of the price of imported goods. Of course that will mean a drastic drop in the American standard of living which will lead to instability at home. This cold light of economic reality will force America to either start WW III or go home. Most sane people would like to avoid either a thermonuclear war with Russia or a conventional one as they have far superior weapons. American politicians and the Pentagon spent $400 billion on the F-35 which does not work. Russia is too poor to spend trillions of dollars on failed projects so the Elite can line their pockets at our expense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rothkopf

He is also President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational global trends, notably those associated with energy, security, and emerging markets.

Rothkopf is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught international affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and has lectured at leading universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge,Stanford, the National Defense University and the Naval War College.

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(((rothkopf)) eh?

“A former CEO for Henry Kissinger has said that he believes just 30 families run the world, and that these families are the driving force behind the New World Order.”

probably close to the truth..

“Currently, this One World Corporatocracy uses the United States and the European Union to consolidate and wield power over the entire globe. But there are vulnerabilities in the world of Wall Street Globalism. The EU appears to be disintegrating. The ECB (European Central Bank) under the ex-Goldman Sachs VP Mario Draghi seems to be as suicidal as His Japanese counterpart. And America is stretched thin by its constant warfare.”

truth springs forth like a weed pushing up through concrete..

might be a good book to read..

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